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Having a major life event such as a cervical cancer and a pelvic exenteration has given me a sense of freedom to take some risks and explore some of those perhaps previously unexplored life desires. There is a recognition of if not now….. when? Because of this, I’ve been revisiting my  dreams and have spent some time realising one of them. The Post Op Blues is the first outcome.

I’ve talked about my love of music a lot. I also love to sing and play my guitar.

Some time ago, I decided to write a simple blues song about my surgery experience. I spent time writing the lyrics, practising the singing and now, I’ve recorded my song. This was the little surprise I promised you a couple of blogs ago. Well it’s done and I’m bravely putting it up for you to hear. If you’ve been following my blog, it will all make sense to you. The lyrics really do relate to the journey I took post surgery.

I’ve had some amazing encouragement from Phil, a man I was introduced to.  Mark “Sparky” Paltridge did the recording in his studio, Spark1 Studios at Maleny QLD. Mark played drums and a fantastic blues guitarist, Jray did the backing for the recording. … how fortunate was I to have such professional assistance. They gave me some great input and advice and the outcome was….. well, I’m pretty pleased with it. We had a great day together and I really enjoyed myself.

 

Mark “Sparky” Paltridge

I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed the creation and recording process. When you listen to it, use headphones or run it through speakers to give you the best sound :). I’m just vain enough to want it to sound the best it can.

 

 

 

Here are the lyrics:

The Post Op Blues

I’ve got a whole new body
But I liked the one of old.
I’ve got a whole new body
But I loved the one of old.
I’m feelin’ the post op blues
Gotta learn to love and hold.

Cut up, cleaned out, stitched up and ironed out
Lord I never felt so flat.
Cut up, cleaned out, stitched up and ironed out
Lord I never felt so flat.
I’ve got the post op blues,
Oh I hope I don’t crack.

Gut said, “How dare you,
I’m just gonna freeze”
Gut said, “How dare you,”
And stopped working with ease
I’ve got the post op blues,
Oh just get working please.

I’ve got a whole new body
But I liked the one of old.
I’ve got a whole new body
But I loved the one of old.
I‘ve got the post op blues
Gotta learn to love and hold.

I get up out of my bed
And go round the ward for a hike
Up out of my bed
I go round that ward for a hike
I’ve got the post op blues
Cos I wish I was on my bike.

And I’ve been hijacked
By gangsters Bonnie and Clyde
I’ve been hijacked
By gangsters Bonnie and Clyde
I’ve got the post op blues
And there’s nowhere to hide

I’ve got a whole new body
But I liked the one of old.
I’ve got a whole new body
But I loved the one of old.
I’m got the post op blues
Gotta learn to love and hold.

Time passes and wounds heal
Everybody played a part
Time passes and wounds heal
Well everybody played a part
I’ve got the post op blues
And it’s tearing me apart.

I’ve got a whole new body
Love it with all my heart
I’ve got a whole new body
Love it with all my heart
I had the post op blues
It was tearing me apart.

I’ve got a whole new body
Love it with all my heart
I’ve got a whole new body
Love it with all my heart
Ain’t got the blues no more
I’ve got a whole, new start

I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you think 🙂

Nanette xx

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